We use Nielsen Homescan data to examine who bears the economic burden of cigarette taxes. We find cigarette taxes are less than fully passed through to consumer prices, suggesting consumers and producers split the excess burden of these taxes. Using information on consumer location, we show the availability of lower-tax goods across state borders creates… (More)
and participants in the "Risky Behaviors" project for helpful comments. Currie is grateful for support from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, from NIH, and from NSF. Matthew Neidell provided excellent research assistance.
With a total population of more than 1.3 billion people where more than 31% of adults smoke, China has become the world's largest producer and consumer of cigarettes. We adopt a life-course perspective to study the economics of smoking behavior in China. We use data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) to follow individuals over their whole… (More)
This study comprehensively assesses the immediate effects of extreme weather conditions and high ambient air pollution on population health. For Germany and the years 1999 to 2008, we link the universe of all 170 million hospital admissions and all 8 million deaths with weather and pollution data reported at the day-county level. Extreme heat significantly… (More)
This paper provides field evidence on how price framing affects consumers' decision to switch health plans. In 2009 German federal regulation required insurers to express premium differences between standardized health plans in absolute euro values relative to a federal reference price, rather than in percentage point payroll tax differences. Representative… (More)
This paper uses a unique large panel data of sibling births to provide new evidence on when prenatal smokers must quit smoking to deliver the healthy newborn. In a series of the mother fixed effect estimation, I find robust results that early cessation in the first trimester nullifies the adverse smoking impact, but late cessation in the second trimester… (More)
We investigate whether and how current sales of cigarettes vary with past and future sales made under two different types of in-store price discounts: those that require a smoker to buy a carton (10 packs) and those that require a smoker to only buy a single pack. We hypothesize that different types of consumers respond to these promotions. We posit that… (More)